How to choose safe and secure password
Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes
Requirements: An account on NowButtons.com
Password requirement keep going up. Here at NowButtons it's no different. Our password requirements are quite strict At a minimum we require:
- That it's at least 9 characters long
- That it contains at least one number
- That it contains at least one uppercase letter or capital
- That it contains at least one lower case letter
- That it contains at least one special character
How you do you come up with a password that you can remember and that meets all these requirements?
First rule for any password, never use a single or a combination of words! No matter how long it is, those are easy to hack. Consider this comment from a hacker back in 2012:
"We regularly crack pass phrases that are 15 to even 100 chars long because they are too simple."
This doesn't mean it's bad to use words or phrases, but that's only your starting point. That can be the basis which can help you remember your password. Once you have your words or phrase, you should become creative!
Replace letters with other letters that sound phonetically similar. Example are 'f' and 'ph', 'x' and 'ks', etc.
Remember the horrible trend back in the early 2000s of using numbers that sounds phonetically simiar to certain words? Use that too: 4 = 'for', 2 = 'too', etc.
Swap out letters that looks somewhat similar to numbers. For example the number 1 could replace the letter 'L' or the letter 'I'. the 3 could replace the letter 'E', the 0 could replace the letter 'O', etc.
Now let's move to the special characters. You could probably swap out some letters with special characters. For example the 'A' can be replanced with the @, the word 'and' can be replaced with the ampersand '&', the ! could replace the letter 'i', $ could replace the letter 'S', etc.
Consider a password manager
The process described above is a great method for coming up with a long and complex password that you can remember. But that's just one password are you should really never ever reuse a password. There's still a chance that you password gets hacked (or stolen via hack on a website where you have an account). So if it does get into the wrong hands, they will definitely try the same login and password details on other services as well.
So what's a password manager?
A password manager allows you to securily store large numbers of passwords. So you would only need to remember a single password to access your password manager and the password manager remembers the rest. You don't even have to come up with any passwords ever again as it autogenerates passwords for you. Much more complex than you could ever come up with (and remember) yourself.
So next time you want to access your NowButtons account, for example, you just let your password manager do it for you. Simple.
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